A bipartisan group of lawmakers is calling for the Biden Administration to force Mexico to abide by the biotech provisions laid out in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

Led by Reps. Adrian Smith, R-Neb., and Jim Costa, D-Calif., the 70 lawmakers said in a letter to President Biden that the Mexican government "has brought biotechnology permit approvals to a standstill, making Mexico’s regulatory system, which used to be largely transparent and science-based, nonfunctional."

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced an intent to phase out certain agricultural technologies by 2024, including biotech corn for human consumption, the letter said. 

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“This decree, which is not based in science, is particularly concerning because it signals the potential rejection of currently pending permit approvals and opens the door to revocation of existing biotech authorizations,” the legislators wrote.

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